Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
I've Been Animed!
04/26/2005 - James WhiteWe'll call him Machaira, since that is his IRC nick. Bright...no, brilliant young man from the Philippines. I didn't have any idea that he was an anime artist, and in fact, that he does this on his computer. I can't draw a decent stick figure on a piece of paper, let alone on a computer. This is simply amazing. Well, we've been talking about my Scottish heritage, and about my hoping to get a replica of the William Wallace sword someday, and visiting Stirling Bridge, Braveheart, the fact that I'm related to Rob Roy MacGregor, etc., and so...well, just remember, it's anime!
Oh, and no, I am not in the cast of "The Kingdom of God" and no, I haven't a clue how an ape got in there. Watching this come together, though, from rough sketch to final product, was fun (then again, I like watching the Bob Ross painting shows, so...).
A Quick Late Night Note
04/13/2005 - James WhiteI really wanted to put together an article on 1 Peter 2:8, or work on the materials I've downloaded from a few blogs, or something, but I am writing an article for the Reformed Baptist Theological Review, and I feel like I'm typing in wet cement. It is titled, currently, anyway, "Textual Criticism and the Ministry of Preaching," and since I am addressing particular kinds of textual variants, it is slow going. (For those who have procrastinated, www.rbtr.org to subscribe!). I guess I will simply note the following from John Armstrong, and hope to find time, someday, to comment fully:
In a way that is not easy to explain John Paul models something I believe evangelicals need very badly. He demonstrated that a Christian theologian can affirm the faith confessionally, including the distinctives of ones own tradition, while at the same time he can pursue the witness of the Spirit in unity with those who express significant disagreement. Simply put, unity can be pursued without embracing liberalism and the ecumenical agenda of the mid-to-late twentieth century. One does not have to deny the basic points upon which we remain divided while we also have meaningful conversation and relationship. The place to begin is with core orthodoxy, a classical Christian confession that inspires both faith and action (e.g., the Apostles Creed, The Nicene Creed, etc.). This man understood that point. His agenda is still to be worked out in the decades ahead but John Paul II set a new direction that many evangelicals, myself included, openly welcome.Just one comment: "Christian theologian," "affirm the faith," "witness of the Spirit," "core of orthodoxy." All mean "the gospel of grace does not define the Body of Christ." Just a thought.
Nessie Spotted! My English Fam
04/10/2005 - James WhiteNow, you have to look real, real close, but see how excited I look. I'm pointing at Nessie! She's right there! Some of you have been... somewhat dubious, I'm afraid, but all you have to do is look (with a little imagination!). Pastor Roger Brazier snapped this one at Loch Ness. Pastor Jack Seaton (he wrote the booklet for Banner on Calvinism) had run us out to the Loch while we waited for the mill store to open so I could load up on Tartan Ties before Roger and I flew back to London later that morning.
And here is my English family, the Braziers. Not only are these faithful folks laboring for the Lord there in London at the Edmonton Baptist Chapel, but they proved their faith by being my English Samaritans, you might say. I mean, here I am, a man of strong Scottish descent, who often reminded Roger of the Battle of Sterling, and despite that, he and his lovely wife Priscilla and their son Justyn took wonderful care of me in my sickness, bringing me a doctor, medicines---goodness, even a box of Krispy Kremes! They bore with my physical weakness with tremendous grace. Priscilla became my English "mum," dutifully scolding me, if need be, when I did not follow her wise directions on how to get better. Justyn went far out of his way to be of assistance, even bringing me the Star Trek editon of "The Weakest Link" (Jordie just edged the Doctor 5-4 in the final round, winning answer "antebellum"). I'm sure my presence was a great disruption for all of them, but I never heard a word of complaint. Priscilla said I must bring my wife Kelli next time so they can go "accessorize." I'm not completely sure what that means, but Roger assures me it isn't good.
It was a wonderful reminder of the supernatural nature of our unity in Christ that Pastor Brazier and I got in his car, headed out of Heathrow, and were chatting like long-lost brothers who were just now getting back together again. The ease with which we talked of the things of the faith, the state of the church, etc, and the brotherhood of faith we shared was just another example of how Christian unity is based upon the Holy Spirit's mutual presence in our lives and the resultant communion based upon truth that comes therefrom. I have thought upon that during these hectic days since my return especially in light of all of the hoopla around the "we wish we had a Pope but we don't so we will drop the centrality of the gospel and sorta join the movement" wave of religious insanity that has washed out of our collective television sets. I hope Roger doesn't mind my saying, but it is examples like him---steadfast in ministry in a small church there in London, godly family, a warm and compassionate heart---that is so very encouraging to me at times like these when the incoming shots from Catholics and "Protestants" show such animosity. Indeed, I thank all of those who have written notes of encouragement (there have been many). I do receive them, and thank you.
Pastor Brazier just asked when I will be back for round #2! I do hope the Lord will open that door far sooner than later! Now, how do I work in a trip to Sterling?